5 Great Choices for Free Online Data Storage
I have one of those USB jump drives. It holds about 256Mb (hey, I bought it years ago, but I do have another 2GB drive on order). Sometimes I forget my jump drive, and my files are just too big to email. I hate burning CDs and DVDs if I don’t have to, it’s a waste, so I wanted to know if there were free storage options online for me. I found a whole bunch.
There are many choices for you, but here are my personal favorites. I have listed the main features of each account, and what you get for free. Sign-up procedures vary with each one. You do have to give up some info to get a free account, but generally not that much. Then, you can load up your files at work and grab them at home…or vice versa. Freedom awaits. (See also: Save Money on Groceries With These Online Tools)
The list is in no particular order. Check them out, choose the one you like the best.
5GB free storage, drag ‘n’ drop capability, unlimited file size/bandwidth (AOL users, just use your username and password and you should get in fine...this is the one I use, I had an old AOL account and it still worked).
2GB free storage, unlimited file size/bandwidth
25GB free storage, file-sharing,
unlimited file size/bandwidth
NOTE: Several readers have pointed out some problems with MediaMax, namely that although uploads are unlimited, downloads are severely limited unless you sign up for a paid account. It seems the 25GB is a big draw, but comes with disadvantages. Please, don't use this service if you intend to download files larger than 10Mb.
1GB free storage, drag ‘n’ drop capability, file-sharing
5GB free storage, file-sharing, unlimited file size/bandwidth
FREE 512Mb USB memory key
If you still need some handy portable storage, IBM is currently giving away 512Mb solar USB keys absolutely free.
Just click here and fill out the simple form. It comes pre-loaded with a bunch of IBM stuff, but you just erase the drive after you’ve read it. Nice. (Not sure when this offer ends, so grab it quick.)